In February 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the website for the indigenous rights organisation Lakota People's Law Project, which called for a boycott of Nestlé and all its brands.
An article explaining the boycott was also found on the organisation's website titled "The Case Against Nestlé" and dated to June 2018. The article stated: "Michigan made headlines the world over on April 6, when Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the state would no longer distribute no-cost water bottles to the communities of Flint – citing that water quality in the city has been below federal action level for lead for two years. International conglomerate Nestlé stepped in and announced that they will donate water in the midst of the continued water crisis."
It also stated that "Nestlé’s new permit, awarded by the Michigan Department for Environmental Quality, allows it to pump 400 gallons of water per minute out of the state’s freshwater sources, for only $200 per year. And yet, some of Flint’s residents pay more than that per month for the contaminated water that courses through their taps. Flint residents, who have not had access to clean water in 1,510 days, are understandably not too keen on accepting bottles of water from the same company that is stealing theirs."
The article also cited Nestlé's irresponsible marketing of baby milk products; and its poor palm oil sourcing; as well as accusing it of 'corruption in California', stating "Until a recent investigation by the California Water Board, Nestlé was depleting water resources with little regulation and oversight, thanks to an expired permit to pump water from the San Bernardino National Forest".
The company lost a full mark under Boycott Call.